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Memphis mini-fest tomorrow

March 18, 2010

Some fun happenings in Memphis tomorrow, heck it is even sort of a mini-film festival for movie lovers.

Indie Memphis is presenting jury award winner “That Evening Sun” (in 35 mm I might add) for a special encore performance tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. at the Ridgeway Four in Memphis.

Special guest will be star Ray McKinnon, who recently won a Hoka Award for Achievement in Film at this year’s Oxford Film Festival.

“That Evening Sun” is based on the short story I Hate to See that Evening Sun Go Down by acclaimed Tennessee author William Gay. Hal Holbrook plays Abner Meecham, an aging Tennessee Farmer who returns to his farm to reclaim what is rightfully his. A ruthless grudge match begins when the tenants in possession of the lease and farm refuse to give up the land. The film also stars Ray McKinnon (The Blind Side, O’ Brother Where Art Thou?, Deadwood),Walton Goggins (The Shield, Justified), Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men, The Closer,Northern Exposure), Carrie Preston (True Blood, Sex in the City) and Mia Wasikowska(Defiance, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland).

“That Evening Sun” has won top prizes at 10 other film festivals including South by Southwest, Nashville, Atlanta, Sarasota, Little Rock, Newport, Sidewalk, Secret City, New Hampshire and Naples International Film Festival. The film also received the Wyatt Award from the Southeastern Film Critics, presented for the film that best represents the South.

Also opening Friday at Studio on the Square is two Memphis-based filmmaker’s features, Corduroy Wednesday’s “The Conversion,” and Mike McCarthy’s “Cigarette Girl.”

I got the chance to sit on the Hometowner jury last October for Indie Memphis where we awarded “The Conversion,” best hometowner feature. It’s a fun look at the transition from analog to digital and what could have gone very, very wrong.

“Cigarette Girl,” was a recent highlight at the Oxford Film Festival and looks at how smokers have become demonized for their habit in 2035 (really, not set in present time even though really it could be) and forced into a ghetto known as the Smoking Section. The “Cigarette Girl” literally may have to kill just for one more smoke.

For ticket times for all movies, visit

Update from Corduroy Wednesday: “And all 3 films films run all week leading up to THE SIVADS OF MARCH at Brooks Museum of Art. The 4 day event starts on March 25th and includes a Sivad inspired Li’l Film Fest by Live From Memphis on March 27th!”

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